Panel Members Needed

  • May 7, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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My name is Jenny Cathey and I work at A3 - The Academy of Arts & Academics on Main Street in Springfield. Our freshmen and sophomores are creating board games for their final project in their Humanities/Science/Language Arts classes. Games must include specific elements (codon wheel, dominant-recessive, chance-choice, character growth, story) as well as teach some of the content they have learned this semester. Areas covered are genetics (including epigenetics, gene therapy, protein synthesis...), adolescent and brain development, history of science, and the novel "Frankenstein".

These board games will be presented to the public on May 28th & 29th at Confluence, a time when parents and community members see the product of student learning. Students use their projects, board games in this instance, do demonstrate their learning and speak intelligently on these topics.

Why am I posting on your gaming site?
Well, we need panel members. As part of the process of preparing for Confluence, students present their progress on their project to a panel of community members who give them feedback on a set of requirements. I am interested in having input from gamers specifically to give constructive feedback to student groups on what they have done well and how to improve their board games. Will you help us?

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  • Eric J.

    I enjoyed seeing the prototypes and providing suggestions. I will try to make all the panels to see progress.

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Jenny C.

      More time will be available on the 21st; our math classes end on the 15th, so we will be able to begin earlier, if that is possible for you.

      May 8, 2014

    • Adaygrit

      For me at least, starting earlier would be much easier to do than going later. So, that sounds like a good plan!

      May 8, 2014

  • Jenny C.

    Thank you Chuck, Eric, and Harry!!! You were a tremendous addition to our panels! The teachers were impressed with the breadth your game knowledge. Your feedback was invaluable to our students, most of whom will be busy implementing some of them this morning! I'll post another event for next week's panel. You will be able to play a few rounds of each game. See you next week!

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Adaygrit

    It was very interesting to see the game designs that the kids were developing. Could have used more time with each group for Q&A, but hopefully that will be possible in future panel discussions.

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Eric J.

      Yes, 10 minutes was an impossible limit (for me). We went way over (because of me). I felt like this particular stage was critical in getting them on a correct path before they put too much work into the prototype. I'm hoping I gave enough to each group to make sure they come back with a prototype that is fully functional. Some groups were further along than others, but I'm optimistic.

      2 · May 7, 2014

    • Jenny C.

      Unfortunately, with the class schedule the way it is, starting earlier or going later is not an option for the 14th, but is the plan for the 21st. Next week you will be playing a few rounds of each game. :)

      May 8, 2014

  • Eric J.

    I'm interested in helping with this project as well. Feel free to contact me through the email system.

    May 4, 2014

  • Adaygrit

    Hello Jenny, I may be available on May 7th from 9am-11am to assist with your review panel. If so, I'd be happy to participate.

    You are welcome to email me using the Contact option on this website with any additional details. (You're also welcome to post more details in the comments here too.)

    Thank you for thinking of us! It sounds like a unique and rewarding way to contribute to our community.

    1 · May 2, 2014

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